DED (Deferred Enforced Departure) for Liberians


DED Hotline Established and Workshop Announced

Deferred Enforced Departure, (DED) status is set to expire on March 31, 2010. In anticipation of this, the office of the Honorary Consul General, in Association with the Liberian Association of Metropolitan Atlanta and local immigration Attorneys have partnered to provide a telephone hotline operated by Immigration attorneys who can offer Legal assistance to persons on DED. If you have questions about DED you may can contact the DED HOTLINE at (770) 908-3978.

In addition, they have organized a workshop/forum on options for Liberian Nationals. The DED Workshop will be held on Saturday, February, 13th starting at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. For more information please contact the DED HOTLINE at (770) 908-3978.



About the Liberian Government

Who is the President of Liberia?
After a historic election in 2005, Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was inaugurated on January 16, 2006 as the President of the Republic of Liberia. She is Africa’s first-elected female president.

What is the structure of the government?
It is a Republic and has a constitutionally formed government with three coordinated branches: the Executive, the Judiciary and the Legislative.

The Chief of State and Head of Government is the President. There is a Vice President. Liberia has a bicameral National Assembly consisting of the Senate with 30 seats and the House of Representatives with 64 seats.

How are officials elected in Liberia?
The President and Vice President are elected by popular vote to serve 6-year terms. In the Senate, 15 members are elected by popular vote to serve 9-year terms and 15 members are elected by popular vote to serve 6-year terms. In the House of Representatives 64 members are elected by popular vote to serve 6-year terms.

Two Senators are elected from each of Liberia’s 15 counties. The senatorial candidates receiving the highest number of votes in each of the 15 counties shall be considered Senior Senators and shall have a term of office of 9 years. The senatorial candidates with the next highest number of votes in each county shall be considered Junior Senators and shall have a term of office of 6 years.

Is Liberia a member of any international entities?

Liberia was a founding member of the League of Nations and is a charter member of the United Nations (UN), the Non-Aligned Movement, the African Union (AU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the Mano River Union (MRU).

In general, what is Liberia’s foreign policy?
Recognizing that foreign policy is by and large contingent on internal economic structures and the external debt-serving capacity of a nation, the Government of Liberia encourages direct foreign investment in the country and is supportive of donor countries by guaranteeing maximum security, human rights, a free enterprise system, international norms and rule of law.

Does Liberia have a constitution?
Yes; the most recent Constitution was adopted in 1986. A copy of the Constitution is available on the web at the Ministry of Information website:

Embassy Presence

This Embassy is the primary office representing the Government and People of Liberia in the United States. Several subsidiaries provide consular services for the Government of Liberia. Please see below the contact information for the Honorary Consul Generals and Consulate Offices in the U.S.

The Consular Office
Embassy of the Republic of Liberia – USA

5201 16th Street  N W
Washington, D C 20011
Tel:   (202)723-0437
Fax: (202)723-0436

Jeff Duwana,
Consulate General of Liberia, New York USA
866 United Nations Plaza, Ste 478
New York, NY 10017
Tel:   (212)687-1025
Fax: (212)599-3189

Famata Morris Deline,  Vice Consul
866 United Nations Plaza Ste. 478
New York, NY 10017
Tel:   (212)687-1025
Fax: (212)599-3189

Cynthia Blandford Nash
Honorary Consul of Liberia, Georgia  USA
3695F Cascade Road #1118
Atlanta, GA 30331
Tel:   (678) 612-2192
Fax: (404) 349-4109

David A. Straz Jr.,
Honorary Consul of Liberia, Florida  USA
4101 W Kennedy Blvd. #15
Tampa FL 33609
Tel:   (813) 639-0155
Fax: (813) 639-1655

Gurly Gibson,  Vice Consul
Embassy of Liberia Trade and Investment Office
1528 Walnut Street, Suite 1000
Philadelphia, PA 19109
Tel:   (212)687-1025
Fax: (212)599-3189